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The Natchaug Ornithological Society hereby invites birders from across the state of Connecticut to participate in our first annual birdathon, to be held on May 14th—15th, 1999, in Mansfield and vicinity. The birdathon will begin at 8:00pm on the 14th and continue until 8:00pm on the 15th, at which time there will be a meeting of all participants, location to be announced, to determine who has seen the most species. This will be a fund raising event to benefit the Nature Conservancy, a national non-profit organization dedicated to preserving natural habitats, and Joshua’s Trust, a locally based group working to preserve open space in Mansfield. Teams are asked to raise a minimum of $15.00 per participant. The $15.00 may be self pledged (that is, donated by the individual) or raised through pledges from others. Birders wishing to participate without gathering pledges are welcome, but will not be eligible for awards. The first award, to be given in recognition of the most species seen, will be the Manter Cup (named for Jerauld A. Manter, local birder and first Connecticut state ornithologist). The second award, to be given in honor of the most funds raised, will be a sculpture donated by Bill Gaunya, local bird carver. Teams may count birds in Mansfield and towns which border on Mansfield (Willington, Ashford, Chaplin, Windham, and Coventry). Please feel free to print out this announcement. Return the registration form below (only one form per team needed) to:

Bob Pirrie                                                                                            656 Chaffeeville Road
Storrs, CT 06268

Any questions may be addressed to Bob Pirrie at (860) 429-8784. Thanks for your participation, and happy birding!

P.S.—for those who wish to self pledge, checks may be sent with the registration to the above address, made out to the Natchaug Ornithological Society.



Team name_______________________ Team captain_________________

Organization represented ( optional)_________________________________

Name and Address of contact person _______________________________